Introduction to the FFA. Michael Southerland – Cocke County FFA. Objectives. 1. Define terms relevant to the FFA. 2. Discuss the history of the FFA. 3. List the location of the FFA headquarters. 4. List the names and locations of FFA camp & conventions.
Michael Southerland – Cocke County FFA
A. FFA Chapter – Official local body of the FFA organization; place where members assemble to conduct & manage the chapter business.
B. Executive Committee – Elected officers & advisors responsible for guiding the FFA organization.
C. FFA Member – Individual meeting the requirements for membership in the FFA & winning the majority approval of the membership.
D. Supervised Agriculture Experience Program (SAEP) – Agriculture experiences that members put into practice under the supervision of an advisor.
E. Paraphernalia – Equipment & materials necessary for conducting an official FFA meeting.
F. Order of Business – Activities that are to be followed at all FFA meetings.
G. Parliamentary Procedure – Rules that allow FFA members to transact chapter business in an orderly manner using Robert’s Rules of Order.
Important Dates to Remember:
A. 1917: Smith-Hughes Act passed- courses in vocational agriculture were established.
B. 1928: The FFA was established in Kansas City, MO.
Dues were set at 10 cents per member.
C. 1944 National FFA Foundation was formed to use funds from business and industry to support FFA activities.
D. 1950 Public Law 740 was passed by Congress granting the FFA a federal charter.
E. 1958: The National Future Farmer magazine was started.
F. 1965: Consolidation with the New Farmers of America (NFA) strengthened the FFA. (NFA was an organization similar to the FFA for African American students.)
G. 1969: Female students were allowed to become members.
H. 1971: National FFA Alumni Association was formed.
I. 1988: Name of the organization was changed to National FFA Organization.
J. 1989: Name of The National Future Farmer magazine was changed to New Horizons.
Father of the FFA-Henry C. Groseclose.
A. 1928-1998: Alexandria, VA at Mount Vernon (George Washington’s Estate)
B. 1998-present: Indianapolis, Indiana.
A. Camp Clements FFA Leadership Training Camp
1. First FFA camp in the nation.
2. Owned by the TN FFA Association.
3. Located in Doyle, TN.
B. State FFA Convention: Gatlinburg
1. 3 – 4 days
2. Last of March or first of April
C. National FFA Convention
1. 1928 - 1998: Kansas City, MO
2. 1999 - 2005: Louisville, KY
3. 2006 – present : Indianapolis, IN
Greenhand Degree (bronze pin):
Chapter Degree (silver pin):
State Degree (gold charm/pin):
American Degree (gold key):
10 hours required for Chapter Degree,
15 more hours are required for the State Degree
25 more hours are required for the American Degree, for a total of 50 hours.
List the current chapter officers on your handout. You will be required to complete a chapter officers’ quiz, in which you will have to list the name of each officer, based on their position on the team.
A. Cross-section of an ear of corn: The symbol of corn represents our common agricultural interests, is native to America, and is grown in every state.
B. The rising sun: It symbolizes progress in agriculture and the confidence that FFA members have in the future.
C. The plow: It is a symbol of labor and tillage of the soil.
D. The owl: It symbolizes wisdom and knowledge.
E. The eagle: This is symbolic of the national scope of the FFA.
The words “Agricultural Education“ surround the letters “FFA.” This tells us that FFA is an important part of agriculture and agribusiness programs.
The colors of the FFA are National Blue and Corn Gold. Blue reminds us that the FFA is a national organization. Gold reminds us that corn is a native American crop grown in every state.
Learning to do,
Doing to learn,
Earning to live,
Living to serve.
*Every student must recite this to meet the requirements of successfully completing the FFA unit.*
(Refer to your FFA Creed handout)
A. Star Awards
1. Star Greenhand
2. Star in Agribusiness
3. Star Farmer
B. Proficiencies (approximately 47 different award areas) – Refer to the handout
1.FFA Jacket zipped to the top
2. FFA tie
3. Black slacks
4. White dress shirt
5. Black socks
6. Black shoes
1. FFA Jacket zipped to the top
2. FFA scarf
3. Black skirt / black slacks (special occassions)
4. White blouse
5. Black shoes
6. Black pantyhose (not required, but looks more professional)
1. It should only be worn by FFA members.
2. It should always be clean and neat.
3. It should only have the names of the state association and local chapter on the back. Individual’s name and office of honor should be on the front.
4. It should be worn with the zipper fastened to all official FFA occasions.
5. It should not be worn with apparel bearing the insignia of other organizations.
6. It should be worn with no more than three medals beneath the individual’s name.
- Develop my potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
- Make a positive difference in the lives of others
- Dress neatly and appropriately for the occasion
- Showing respect for the rights of others and their property
- Be courteous, honest and fair with others
- Communicate in an appropriate, purposeful and positive manner
- Demonstrate good sportsmanship by being modest in winning and generous in defeat
- Make myself aware of FFA programs and activities and be an active participant
- Conduct and value a supervised agricultural experience program
- Strive to establish and enhance my skills through agricultural education in order to enter a successful career
- Appreciate and promote diversity in our organization
You MUST memorize this and be able to recite it during our FFA meetings.
The gavel is the symbol of authority.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.